There were a lot of surprises during the Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel this year, but none of them were as shocking as the identity of Star-Lord’s father. For starters, most of us weren’t expecting director James Gunn and the studio to reveal this info before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but the fact that Peter’s father is none other than Ego the Living Planet was just as mind-blowing, to say the least.
Ego will be played by Kurt Russell in the upcoming movie, but as it turns out, he wasn’t actually who Gunn had in mind for the role at first. Speaking with Empire, the director revealed that casting Russell as Ego was Chris Pratt’s idea:
“He was actually not in my head initially, but one day Chris suggested him, and I would have been really disappointed if he’d said no. Hey, if you have to cast anything, Kurt’s a pretty good way to go.”
The magazine also had a chance to speak with Pratt himself, who teased what’s going to happen when Peter finally meets his father:
“You’re going to see these characters having to endure the realities of being in a family. You’re talking about a guy who’s been longing to know who his father is for a long time. He’ll discover if that person lives up to the expectations he has in his head.”
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Elizabeth Debicki and Kurt Russell, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theaters on May 5th, 2017.